This Week’s News

July 3, Wednesday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

July 4, Thursday
Parish Offices Closed for Independence Day Holiday.
NO Morning or Evening Prayer.

July 5, Friday
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
St. Luke’s Guild (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.

July 7, The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Eucharist, Rite I, 8:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist, Rite II, 10:45 a.m.
Children’s Story Time (Parlor), 11:00 a.m.
Lemonade on the Lawn, 12:00 p.m.

July 8, Monday
HUGS Camp (Offsite: The Summit)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Strategic Planning Committee Meeting (Community Room), 6:00 p.m.

July 9, Tuesday
HUGS Camp (Offsite: The Summit)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Noon Eucharist (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor)
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

July 10, Wednesday
HUGS Camp (Offsite: The Summit)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.

July 11, Thursday
HUGS Camp (Offsite: The Summit)
Morning Prayer (Chapel) and Fellowship (Parlor), 8:00 a.m.
Evening Prayer (Chapel), 5:30 p.m.
Pet Grief Support Group (Tower Room), 7:00 p.m.

The St. Francis Fund. The clergy and executive committee of the Vestry have re-established the St. Francis Fund, a restricted benevolence fund to assist St. Peter’s parishioners with housing and medical needs. If you are interested in contributing to this important fund, please contact Parish Administrator, Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6142).

Stewardship of Time and Talent. Christian stewardship calls us to consider not only how we give our money, but how we give our time and talent in the work of God’s kingdom. During the months of June, July, and August the Stewardship and Congregational Engagement teams will highlight various ministries in the parish. Stay tuned to the weekly eNews and Sunday “minutes for ministry” to learn how you might pledge your time and spiritual gifts in 2019.

Worship and Music

Observing Weekly Worship at St. Peter’s. Every weekday and Sundays, St. Peter’s offers opportunities for worship, study, and reflection. See a daily schedule online to learn more.

Daily Worship at St. Peter’s. Morning and Evening Prayer are offered daily in the Chapel. Morning Prayer begins at 8:00 a.m., Monday–Friday, and Evening Prayer is offered at 5:30 p.m., Monday–Thursday. This 30-minute liturgy is a wonderful way to mark the beginning or end of your day. A mid-week Holy Eucharist is offered at noon on Tuesdays followed by fellowship in the Parlor.


Parish Hall Forum. The Parish Hall Forum will resume on “Kickoff Sunday,” August 25. Stay tuned to the eNews for occasional summer formation offerings.

Education for Ministry (EFM) at St. Peter’s this Fall. St. Peter’s is planning to start an EfM group this fall. EfM, a theological curriculum sponsored by The University of the South, Sewanee, is designed for lay people within the church. You can learn more about EfM by going to their website: If you have previously participated in EfM, or have heard about EfM and are interested in participating, we would like to talk with you. For more information, please contact Fr. Murdock Smith at ( or register online by visiting

Summer Book Club: Meetings on July 31 and September 5. This summer, as part of our Adult Formation, we will be offering a Summer Book Club. Over the months of June, July, and August, we will read three books together, all by well-known contemporary Christian authors, and all published last year. For our book club meetings, we will gather at the church in the Community Room, 6:00–8:00 p.m., for a time of refreshments, conversation, and fellowship. Participants are asked to read the book ahead of time and to bring either a drink or snack to share. The remaining dates and books are: Wednesday, July 31 – Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber; and Thursday, September 5 – I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown. Join us!

Community Life

Volunteers Needed for Summer Lemonade Hosts. Lemonade in the Churchyard has been a wonderful success this summer! It is a fun opportunity to gather with one another after the 10:45 a.m. service for some light refreshments and wonderful fellowship. We are looking forward to continuing this fellowship opportunity through the summer, but we need your help to do so. We are looking for volunteers to host on 7/14, 7/21, and 8/18. Hosting is very simple and does not require you to provide any of the food or supplies. If you are interested in volunteering for one of these dates, or have any questions, please contact Mother Amanda (

Intercessory Prayer on Sunday Mornings. A familiar term at St. Peter’s, “intercessory prayer” has various meanings to members. At each celebration of the Holy Eucharist, we’re led in intercessory prayer during the Prayers of the People. Clergy and staff members also constantly hold people in prayer. But on a more personal level, the opportunity to pray directly with prayer partners is available each Sunday after Communion in the Intercessory Prayer Room adjacent to the Church Parlor. For those seeking prayers of thanksgiving or for healing in body, mind, or spirit, it’s a time to share prayer requests with full confidentiality in a private setting. If you have questions, contact Pat Markel (

Newcomers’ Coffee, Sunday, July 21. All who are new (or new-ish) to the parish and want to get acquainted with other newcomers, members, and the clergy are invited to a time of refreshment, fellowship and community-building in the Par­lor immediately following the 10:45 a.m. Eucharist. This special opportunity is for those who are new to meet and connect with one another. If interested in attending, please RSVP to Mike Hoffman ( or with any questions, contact Associate Rector, the Reverend Amanda Stephenson (, 704-749-6150).

Adult Pilgrimage to Greece and Rome, May 2020. Mother Amanda, Associate Rector, and Lyn Holt, Youth Program Director, invite active adults to consider joining them for an adult pilgrimage scheduled for May of 2020, when they plan to walk in the footsteps of St. Paul in Greece and Rome. They will visit Athens and Corinth, cruise the Greek Isles, and eventually make their way to Rome, where tradition says that Paul was martyred. Please pick up a brochure or go to: for a full itinerary and registration information. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the pilgrimage in greater detail, please contact the Reverend Amanda C. Stephenson (, 704-749-6150).

Kanuga. In 2018 the annual parish retreat at Kanuga Conferences was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. Since that time, the staff has been working closely with Kanuga to find an alternative date for an upcoming parish retreat. Save the date for the next parish retreat to Kanuga: March 13–15, 2020. Stay tuned to the eNews for more information regarding Kanuga planning and registration.

Summer at St. Peter’s with Children’s Story Time. During the summer months while Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is on break, an special offering for young children will be held in the church Parlor during the Liturgy of the Word. Children will be invited to join two adult parishioners who will be sharing carefully selected literature. Children will follow a small cross after the Gospel and will re-enter at the Peace.

Volunteer Front Desk Receptionists. During St. Peter’s weekday business hours, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the St. Peter’s Reception Desk is staffed entirely by volunteers who actively receive visitors, give directions, and direct calls. We are still in need of morning shift volunteers on Mondays, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m, and occasional substitutes. The church business office does not run as smoothly without a front desk attendant, so please consider this important ministry opportunity. Contact Leigh Dixon (, 704-749-6143) for more information.

Clergy-Staff Impersonation Emails. Recently an online attacker impersonated members of the clergy and parish staff in an attempt to steal gift cards. Staff members will only communicate with you using their official email addresses. Clergy and staff will never ask for money or gift cards by email. Please be wary if you see a message that appears to be from the church, but uses another address.

Parents Connect End of Program Year Survey. Thank you to everyone for a great first program year for Parents Connect. We look forward to continuing to grow our program next year, but we need your feedback. Please take less than five minutes to take this survey so that we can grow and plan Parents Connect to meet your needs. We will base next year’s programming on your responses. Visit and complete the quick survey.

Parents Connect Summer Plans. Parents Connect Sunday formation and fellowship will resume when the fall program year begins on Sunday, August 25. Please join us for our summer events: Parents Connect Summer Family Breakfast, Sunday, July 14 at the Original Pancake House in Midtown (915 Charlottetowne Avenue, 8:45–10:15 a.m); Charlotte Pride Parade (Sunday, August 18 following the 10:45 am. service): Parents Connect will be running the Hospitality Tent at the Pride Parade this year. Of course you are more than welcome to march, but we will staff the church lawn, enjoy the parade, and pass out popsicles and other goodies. If you plan to attend either event, contact Erin Chantry (

Pet Grief Support Group, July 11. The Pet Grief Support Group meets on July 11 (and every second Thursday) at 7:00 p.m. in the Tower Room. For more information, contact Wes Sturgis (, 704-621-8613).

Senior Class Luncheon, July 16. The next third-Tuesday luncheon is July 16, 11:30 a.m., at Burton’s Grill (1601 East Woodlawn Road, Suite A, Park Road Shopping Center). For more information or to be added to the email distribution list, call Dan Woodall (704-351-2279), Hannah Craighill (704-334-6276), or Barbara Partington (704-523-1831).

St. Luke’s Guild, July 5. The next gathering of this first-Friday group is July 5, 11:00 a.m. The clergy and parishioner Dan Busch, LCSW (retired), facilitate this fellowship for persons with chronic illnesses of any sort and those who are caregivers of family and friends. To learn more, contact the Reverend Keith C. Lane, Assisting Priest (, 917-679-7285).

Prayer Requests. As a community, we offer support to one another through prayer. Requests may be made in several ways: complete a “Prayer Request” card located in the pew rack, submit your request online at, or contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141). Names of persons who have given consent for their names to be printed will be read aloud and listed for two Sundays, unless a longer period is requested. Intercessions are offered during Sunday and weekday worship, and daily by the Clergy and Pastoral Care Team.

Augustine Literacy Project Volunteer Literacy Tutors. Learn more about becoming a volunteer literacy tutor with Augustine Literacy Project-Charlotte, our commitment in training and supporting volunteer tutors, and our impact in helping students learn to read. Visit to read about upcoming “Coffee and Conversation” events at Caribou Coffee (Park Road Shopping Center) on Thursday, July 18 and Thursday, July 25 at 10:30 a.m. To RSVP or find out more, contact Jess Heath (

Pastoral Care: Sharing and Responding to Concerns. To alert the clergy regarding a pastoral concern, telephone the Parish House during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and after-hours, dial the Clergy On Call Phone at 704-749-6175 for pastoral emergencies such as hospitalizations. This process is the best way to communicate pastoral needs and ensure a response from a member of the clergy or pastoral care team.

Join the Ushers. The St. Peter’s Usher Ministry is looking for more volunteers to serve on a once-monthly basis at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday Holy Eucharists. If you are interested in this ministry, please contact Ministry Associate, Kristie Lauderbaugh (, 704-749-6141).

Planned Giving at St. Peter’s. The St. Peter’s community of faith is supported in part by the vision and generosity of generations of parishioners who came before us. Like them, we can also help to ensure that the programs and facilities we love will continue to exist far into the future. Planned gifts have a large impact on St. Peter’s, providing resources for our highly acclaimed music programs, funding for our internal non-profits like The Choir School at St. Peter’s, and enrichment to the lives of our young people during the important years when their faith is being formed. You can learn more about planned giving, the St. Peter’s Endowment, and how legacy giving supports the future of our faith community by contacting Steve Bentley (, 704-562-3830). For more information, please pick up a copy of “A Common Legacy: Planned Giving at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,” available in the Lobby.

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Looking Ahead

July 14: Special Evensong Offering led by The Choir School MasterSingers.
July 15: Stewardship Committee Meeting.
July 17–21: Charlotte Black Gay Pride.
July 18–29: Choir School MasterSingers Residency at Durham Cathedral, UK.
July 21–25: Youth Mission Trip (Wilmington, NC)
July 28–31: Youth Episcopal Outreach Camp (Onsite).
August 9–18: Charlotte Pride Week.
August 24: Liturgical Ministries Retreat and Training.